Sofia Warnings and Dangers
Sofia is Bulgaria’s capital and largest city. When in Sofia, take in the historic architecture and vibrant culture, but always be mindful of the dangers around you.
As in any capital city, crime is a problem. Tourists are rarely victims of violent attacks, but thieves won’t hesitate to take advantage of you if you’re not careful. When you check in to your hotel, ask the front desk if the rooms come with a safe. If they do, store your passport and other valuables there before you head out to explore the city. If your hotel isn’t as accommodating, leave your passport in a secure bag or closet in your room. Sofia is very crowded and pickpockets can be found throughout the city.
Traffic is often congested, and the locals won’t wait for you to get accustomed to their driving habits. Public transportation is fairly easy to navigate, but don’t forget to purchase a ticket before you hop on the train. Police don’t take kindly to tourists who try to ride for free. In certain areas, you may have to perforate your ticket before it’s considered valid. Pay attention to the signs and ask a police officer or public transportation employee for help if you’re confused.
If you do want to rent a car, make sure to use caution and bring a map. The roads are narrow and the signs are mostly in Bulgarian and the roads can also be in hazardous conditions with potholes and cracks in the asphalt. When driving in Sofia, be prepared, know where you’re going and always have your proper paperwork and license on you.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Sofia.